White House, State Department at odds over Putin's interview proposal

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Criticism of the summit continued well into Wednesday after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump would "meet with his team" to discuss a proposal from Putin that would allow Russia to interrogate some USA citizens, including former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. USA law enforcement agents, lawmakers and officials are also mentioned. It's happened before: Trump says something impolitic or outrageous, takes a half-step of a walk-back, and then lands about where he started - usually louder than ever. Among other things, the Russians would pursue allegations that Mr. Browder channeled money into Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign: Mr. Putin cited an amount of $400 million, which the prosecutor's office later revised to $400,000. Asked on Wednesday if Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, Trump said, "No". Trump tweeted Wednesday that fallout from Monday's appearance with Putin was impacted by "Trump Derangement Syndrome", suggesting that his critics were going too far in offering critiques.

"Well, I would, because he's in charge of the country", Trump says.

Rep. Chris Stewart, a Utah Republican, also said he thought Putin was lying on Monday by saying he wanted Trump to win.

While 40 percent of Republicans say they view Russian Federation as an ally, up from 22 percent four years ago, according to Gallup, they're still a minority within their own party.

"The Russians are not our friends and I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community."

But he later corrected one of the comments he'd made.

During a regular press briefing Wednesday afternoon, Sanders said that Trump was saying "no" to the idea of answering more questions, adding that "we believe the threat still exists" and listing other efforts the Administration is taking to fight potential Russian interference.

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a television interview on Wednesday he accepted Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' assessment that Russian Federation continues to be a threat to U.S. elections. These people might take off and head for Europe, the USA and other destinations, Putin warned. "There are lots of people out there". "There was no collusion at all". "I let him know we can't have this, we're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be". "They either have to tie themselves to Trump, with all the unpredictability, demagoguery and extremism that brings, or risk alienating his very loyal base".

Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said congressional leaders were searching for the most effective response. In an email to Trump Jr., he described the information as "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

"We're going to make sure that Congress does everything it can to protect this country", said Sen.

Coats said last week that Russian Federation has been the most aggressive cyberthreat but other efforts are coming from China, Iran and North Korea as well as criminal networks and individual hackers.

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